INsideOUT Performance

Interactive performance for Brain waves, video and immersive sound. (2009)

This performance is about the materialization of the performer’s thoughts and feelings on the stage. In the performance, imagination becomes spatial. The stage is a place for the appearance of the invisible. Yasu Ohashi says: “the actors aim at our senses, our body and our unconscious and not at our intellect. Their gestures try to envision THE INVISIBLE WORLD.”

Related research articles:

  • Robles, C. 2011. Creating Interactive Multimedia Works with Bio-data. NIME 2011 Proceeding Books ISSN: 2220 – 4792 / 2220 – 4806 /2220 -4814. online available at:

  • Robles, C. 2011. EEG Data in Interactive Art. Proceeding Books pages 99 – 102. This paper is available at: 

  • Robles, C. 2011. The Use of Bio-interfaces in Interactive Multimedia Works: Two Examples. BST-Body, Space and Technology Journal. VOL 10/01. Brunel University, UK (Online only) ISSN 1470-9120. BST Journal



The performer, who is surrounded by sound and images, interacts with them using an EEG (electroencephalogram) interface, which measures the performer’s brain activity. Those sounds and images -already stored in the computer- are modified consequently by the brain data via MAX/MSP-Jitter. Hence, the performer determines how those combinations will be revealed to the audience. Images are projected to a screen and also onto the performer, while sounds are projected in surround.

This project was developed during an artist in residence at the Kunst und Medienwissenschaften Department of the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne (Germany). The world premiere in Manizales (Colombia) was supported by the Goethe-Institut Bogotá; it was also performed at the SIGGRAPH Asia 2009 in Yokohama (Japan).

2009 Germany. Première at Festival Internacional de la Imagen

SIGGRAPH Asia Yokohama, ELECTRONIC ARTS AND MUSIC FESTIVAL Harold Golen Gallery, Miami, LEAP space Berlin, Imaginary Worlds Hull University, DRHA Sensual Technologies London.

Credits: Lasse Scherffig, Martin Nawrath (Technical support) Lab3-KHM . María Andrea Umaña, Juan Diego Ramírez (Dress Design) Bogotá.

Special thanks to Prof. Anthony Moore, Prof. Heide Hagebölling, the Departments of Kunst und Medienwissenschaften, Mediengestaltung, the Lab3 and the EEG department-Uniklinik Köln.

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